Julian Lapitan, the Partnership manager of IRRI, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award for International Service and Extension by the UPLB College of Agriculture Alumni Association. The award will be given during the Alumni Fellowship and Awarding Ceremony on 9 October 2014.
Through his extensive work, which spans 27 years, Mr. Lapitan is instrumental in developing and maintaining excellent and productive relationship between IRRI and various national agricultural research and extension systems and other partners in Asia and Africa.
He has received several awards from various countries for his contribution to rural and agricultural development. Among his many achievements in international services and cooperation includes an ADB funded-action research project that improved postharvest crop management, rice biomass utilization, and rice farming systems diversification at the village level. This led to enhanced income and employment in the Asian rice-based farming communities.
Moreover, Mr. Lapitan managed several IRRI projects that provided relevant human capacity building in the respective research and development systems in Bhutan, North Korea, and the Republic of Korea. He also served as IRRI representative to the Technical Management Committee of the Regional Rice Research Center in Iran and was involved in various project development and management in different capacities.
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